GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Institute for Public Relations will award Katie Delahaye Paine, Publisher and CEO at Paine Publishing, the prestigious IPR Jack Felton Medal for Lifetime Achievement, an award made for lifetime contributions in the advancement of research, measurement and evaluation in public relations and corporate communication.

Paine will receive the award at the IPR Annual Distinguished Lecture and Awards Dinner on November 19, 2019 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. This medal, given under the guidance of a special committee that includes select members of the IPR Measurement Commission, honors those individuals who epitomize the philosophic perspectives of Jack Felton, a former CEO of the Institute for Public Relations who passed away in 2013. Felton valued research and measurement in the advancement of public relations as a profession.

“When one considers whom within the communications research community has fought most doggedly over the course of time to elevate the status of data-driven insights and decision-making in public relations, Katie Delahaye Paine tops the list,” said Mark Weiner, Chief Insights Officer at Cision and Director of the IPR Measurement Commission, “Since 1987 when she founded the Delahaye Group, Katie’s determination, skill and charisma go a long way towards explaining the “who” behind the “why” and the “how” public relations measurement and evaluation have evolved in the past 30 years.”

For decades, Paine has been a major contributor to the field of measurement. She founded and sold two measurement companies, KDPaine & Partners Inc., (now Carma) and The Delahaye Group (now part of Cision). Her books, Measure What Matters (Wiley, March 2011) and Measuring Public Relationships (KDPaine & Partners, 2007) are considered must-reads for anyone tasked with measuring public relations and social media. Her latest book, written with Beth Kanter, Measuring the Networked Nonprofit: Using Data to Change the World, won the Terry McAdam Book Award for best non-profit book of the year.

Paine has also been a leading promoter of standards in the PR and social media measurement field, including as a founding member of the IPR Measurement Commission. She was the initial organizer of The Conclave, which released social media measurement standards in 2013. She is also a Senior Fellow with The Conference Board and is on the Advisory Board for the International Public Relations Research Conference (IPRRC.) She writes the Image Patrol column on crisis communications for PRNews.

Tickets to the IPR Distinguished Lecture & Awards Dinner are available for $500 each. Tables of 10 can be purchased for $5,000 and premium tables of 10 are available for $10,000. The price includes a networking cocktail reception (sponsored by the UF College of Journalism and Communications), the awards dinner, and the Distinguished Lecture by Mark Leibovich, Chief National Correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and #1 New York Times bestselling author.

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Heidy Modarelli handles Growth & Marketing for IPR. She has previously written for Entrepreneur, TechCrunch, The Next Web, and VentureBeat.
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